So James, I promised to keep you up to date but then never replied. I did get it all polished, I hooked my drill up to it, turned it on and let it spin while I held some abrasive to it. It came out looking almost new, really nice. The blades for the most part, though a little rusty, have retained their edge. When I joint or face plane I get a very smooth result, even in my curly maple. However, when I switch to the planer I get chunks pulled out from the wood. I tried spritzing the face with water first to slightly raise the grain but all that seemed to do was dis-color my nicely polished head, but no rust. I was at my wits end, what with all this expensive wood essentially being ruined by the planer when I finally decided to switch back to my Dewalt 735 planer, its much slower, the blades are pretty well nicked and there is no comparison in the power level between the two. BUT, the Dewalt gave me a fantastic chunk free finish, then I tried rotating the blades and using the new side, GLASS smooth finish, unbelievable!!! I have been told by a friend that I need to have the MiniMax blades resharpened with a secondary bevel on them, and this will eliminate the tearout, so soon I will do that, we'll see.
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Last edited by Jack Wilson; 05-27-2013 at 06:48 PM.